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The former Russians are already fighting for victory in international competitions. Gubanova took the lead!

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 13:33:19

The new competitive season is already gaining momentum internationally. Women’s singles short programs opened the first tournament of the Lombardia Trophy Challenger series, and the main star was former Russian Anastasia Gubanova. Trainee Evgenia Rukavitsyna, who plays for the Georgian national team, left no chance even for the Japanese with a triple Axel and took the current lead.

Another representative from Georgia and former Russian Alina Urushadze competed for the first time in almost two years! The long break had a notable impact on its components. Of course, for the worse.

Another former Russian, Ekaterina Kurakova, who skates for Poland, like Gubanova, did not make a single mistake and fell just short of the current top three.

Taking into account the state of form the foreigners are in now, it is possible that Katya will compete for the podium. After all, besides her and Nastya, none of the other skaters were able to perform solely in the short program!

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The women’s competition of the Lombardia Trophy began with a series of falls by the young Belgian Nina Pinzarrón. The 16-year-old single skater performed the waterfall unsuccessfully, took a step forward on the second jump and suddenly couldn’t hold the double Axel. Nina desperately tried to hold on to the ice with her hand, but it was useless.

A nasty fall caused another, but this time not in a jump, but in a spin. It seemed that the athlete was worried about some type of injury, so she did not want to miss the tournament. Unfortunately, the judges’ verdict did not console Nina in the least: a meager 47.41 points and the bottom of the tournament table.

Nina Pinzarrón

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But Nina’s Eastern partner, Kim Chae-yong, visually skated cleanly and clearly expected good grades. But the referees noted that he had an insufficient quarter turn on the second jump of the combination and an unclear advantage on the triple flip. So they didn’t spoil the Korean, and for a really bright and energetic performance she received about 63.27 points.

However, as it turned out later, the scores were really decent. The thing is that in our national competitions these grades have long been associated with the level of youth, but certainly not with that of adults.

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Alina Urushadze had her components restrained

In the second group of participants, the first to hit the ice was Alina Urushadze, who lives and trains in Moscow, but plays for Georgia. Svetlana Sokolovskaya’s student completely missed last season and is now trying to get back on track. The task is difficult, because Alina has not competed for almost two years: her last tournament took place in November 2021.

Alina Urushadze

Photo: Sergey Bobylev/TASS

However, the skater’s return passed with an exclamation point. She took on the exciting short program “Moulin Rouge” without any problems and received a standing ovation from the audience. It was obvious that Alina was missing action and was determined to make up for lost time. She was excited with every movement and radiated a playful mood. But the judges were not inspired by Alina’s short duration. The Russian was rated modestly: 54.11 points.

And it’s good that they were punished for insufficient rotation on the second jump of the combination and an unclear advantage in the triple flip (the technique of all participants was scrutinized at the Lombardia Trophy). But in terms of components, Alina definitely deserved more than 24.74 points.

This is especially surprising against the background of the top components of Italian Lari Naki Gutmann and Korean Kim So Yeon, who performed the triple flip together.

Another Korean representative, Yun Asun, performed the worst in the short. He scored 45.46 points for his butterfly with a triple Lutz and a hard landing of a three-and-two combination.

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In the third warm-up, Japan’s Hanna Yoshida obliged with the first and only girls’ triple Axel attempt that day. She approached confidently, but she couldn’t conquer him: instead of a beautiful landing, there was a menacing fall that made the stands gasp. A serious mistake also resulted in a crumpled exit on the triple lutz-triple toe loop waterfall. Then Hannah recovered and skated cleanly, but there was no talk of her taking the lead. 62.54 points is not at all what you would expect to see for the trixelist rental.

Hanna Yoshida

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But concerns about the brave Japanese woman were quickly erased by the appearance of two Russian women in the Italian arena. In addition, both stood out in original outfits: instead of the usual dresses, they wore elegant jumpsuits.

Ekaterina Kurakova, representative of Poland, quickly jumped on the soundtrack of the movie “Kill Bill” and scored exactly 62 points. The not very high score in pure performance is explained by the economical triple flip-double toe loop cascade and the absence of a triple lutz in the content.

Alina Urushadze’s colleague in the Georgian national team, Anastasia Gubanova, showed real class. She literally shone in a tender set of the song Mojo by Belgian singer Claire Laffout and successfully performed all of her jumps, demonstrating excellent form and remembering that she is the current European champion. In addition to the Japanese with a triple Axel, it was Nastya who opted for the most difficult content of all the Lombardia Trophy participants in the short program: a triple flip cascade – triple toe loop, double Axel and triple Lutz. But, unlike his Japanese competitor, she faced all the elements and in the cleanest way possible.

Anastasia Gubanova


Nastya came off the ice on a positive note and with a smile then blew kisses in the “kiss and edge” zone. It seemed like she was destined to surpass the 70-point mark, but the judges showed obvious greed: they gave her 69.65 points.

Perhaps being too strict they want to encourage athletes to work at the beginning of the season? Let’s see how it works.

In any case, it’s great that Nastya almost reached her personal best in the short in her first start. In the victorious European Championship he scored 69.81 points, although then he was not as impeccable as he is today in Bergamo.

Although our skaters are not allowed to participate in international competitions, Nastya proves that the Russian school is the strongest in the world. Surely in women’s singles.

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Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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